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Prof

David Solomon

Honorary
Chemical Engineering
science & technology
physical sciences
polymer science
chemistry
chemistry, multidisciplinary
chemistry, physical
technology
polymers
styrene
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Prof

David Solomon

 
Division
Engineering
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Prof

David Solomon

 

David Solomon (AC) began his career as a 16 year old at BALM Paints (now Dulux) where he developed a keen interest in the chemistry of polymers. He went on to complete his studies obtaining a BSc(Hons) in 1952, MSc in 1955, PhD in 1959 for his thesis entitled “Studies on the Chemistry of Carbonyl Compounds” and DSC in 1968 for his thesis “Studies on the Chemistry of Coating Compounds”.

He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Applied Science from the University of Melbourne in 2005, one of only 7 awarded in the University’s history.

After several years of employment at BALM/Dulux, and the establishment of his first polymer research group, David moved to the Division of Applied Mineralogy at CSIRO in 1963 where he continued with studies on polymers. In 1970 he transferred to the Division of Applied Chemistry) and then in 1974 became the Foundation Chief of the new Division of Applied Organic Chemistry (now Material Science and Engineering). He built up the CSIRO Polymer Research Group where he led research projects including the discovery of Nitroxide Mediated Polymerization (NMP) and the development of the world’s first polymer banknotes, among other things.

In 1990 he accepted an invitation to move to The University of Melbourne as the ICI Australia – Masson Professor and Head of the School of Chemistry. He then transferred to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 1995 where he established his third internationally regarded polymer group; the Polymer Science Group, to which he still acts as an advisor. In 2015 he was awarded the title Professor Emeritus at the University.

David has been the recipient of many distinguished awards, highlighting the international impact he has had in the field of polymer science. He has received 23 awards, and given over 20 invited lectures. A selection of awards is listed below:

  • Companion of the Order of Australia (2016): Awarded for eminent service to science, commercialisation activities and professional scientific institutions.
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science (2011): Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded award (equivalent to Nobel Prize) for excellence in science. Awarded jointly with Dr Ezio Rizzardo for contributions to polymer science.
  • Victoria Prize (2006): Awarded to a leading scientist/engineer for advancing knowledge with the potential to be commercialized. Awarded for work on polymer banknotes.
  • Centenary Medal (2001): Awarded by the Australian Government for contributions to polymer science and chemical engineering.
  • Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award (1994). Awarded by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) for the application of Australian technological science and engineering for the benefit of the community.
  • CSIRO Medal (1987, 1990): Awarded for significant research achievement in Australia.
  • The Australian Bicentennial Science Achievement Award (1988): Awarded for contribution to a better Australia by way of research.
David is co-author of 9 books including an historical account of the development of plastic banknotes (The Plastic Banknote: From Concept to Reality, D.H. Solomon & T. Spurling, 2014) and several text books (The Chemistry of Radical Polymerization, 2nd Edition, G. Moad & D.H. Solomon, 2006). He is also co-author of over 250 journal papers and 45 patents, with the most recent publications listed below.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 237 most recent scholarly works by David Solomon.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2016

Companion of the Order of Australia


1990

Member of the Order of Australia


2011

For significant role in revolutionising polymer science.

Prime Ministers Prize for Science 2011

2007

NES Award for Novel Engineering Solutions 2007

Institution of Chemical Engineers

2006

Victoria Prize

Victoria Prize

1994

Clunies Ross Science and Technology Award

1990

CSIRO Medal

1989

Ian William Wark Medal and Lecture

Australian Academy of Science

1988

The Australian Bicentennial Science Achievement Award

1987

CSIRO Medal

1985

Leighton Memorial Medal

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1980

Applied Research Medal

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1978

Polymer Medal

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1976

David Syme Research Prize

University of Melbourne

1976

H.G. Smith Memorial Medal

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1971

H.G. Smith Memorial Medal

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

1968

Archibald D. Olle Prize

Royal Australian Chemical Institute

2007

FICHEME - Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers


2004

FRS - Fellow of the Royal Society


2002

FRACI - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute


1975

FAA - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science


1975

FTSE - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering


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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Honorary

Chemical Engineering

Micheme - Member Of Icheme

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Education


Honorary Doctorate of Applied Science

University of Melbourne

Doctor of Science

University of New South Wales

Doctor of Philosophy

University of New South Wales

Master of Science

New South Wales University of Technology

Bachelor of Science

New South Wales University of Technology